Gloucester Township Police say they responded Tuesday afternoon to Sugarbush Drive and Breckenridge Drive for the report of a suspicious white van in the area.

It was reported a 12–year-old female was walking to a bus stop at Sugarbush Drive when she observed a van driving towards her. Police say the van stopped just past the 12-year-old, and backed up towards her. An adult neighbor was also walking to the bus stop on the opposite side of the street, and saw the van. When the neighbor saw the van reverse direction and back up, she thought it was suspicious so she crossed the street and walked over to the 12-year-old. It was reported to police that when the driver of the van saw them, he put the van in drive and turned left on to Breckenridge Drive.

Police say the neighbor stated that it appeared as though the van was looking for an address, may have just missed a turn, and then backed up to make the turn. Police say the male driver never made any gesture nor did he say anything to the 12-year-old.

The van is described as a white work style van with no markings or side windows, with tinted windows, a silver ladder with a red rope hanging from the rear of the ladder.

The driver was described as a heavy set white male, late 40′s or early 50′s, possibly wearing glasses, and a dark jacket and dark hat.

Police are looking for whoever stole a refrigerator from an abandoned home.

Officers Ross Cooper and William Stone responded to an abandoned River Drive home in Lake Hiawatha Oct. 29, police said.

A neighbor told them she noticed the backdoor of the home was open and the refrigerator was usually able to be seen through the window was no longer there, police said.

Cooper and Stone saw that someone had forced themselves through the back of the home and that copper was missing from the home, according to police. Wires were dangling from inside the gutted home, and the backyard shed had also appeared to have been disturbed, police said.

Residents told Cooper and Stone a suspicious white van had been seen several times in the area, and two men were inside it, police said.

The home had been purchased by Parsippany after Hurricane Sandy, police said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident was asked by police to call the Parsippany Police Department at 973-263-4311.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Buffalo police are investigating multiple reports of a suspicious white van reportedly seen near different schools in the South Buffalo/Lovejoy area.

Police say no official incidents have been reported, but police say the van was spotted when students arrive and are dismissed from school.
Anyone who may have information is asked to call police at (716) 851-4415.

All calls will remain anonymous.

It’s a streak of similar sightings, stretching from Bardstown to Louisville.

For the fourth time in a week, a woman has reported a startling encounter with a suspicious white van.

Police are still investigating this incident that happened around 7 a.m. Friday in the Portland neighborhood.

A woman said she had heard about attempted abductions all week, never thinking she may be targeted herself.

Moments after she walked her son to the bus stop, she said she saw something that made her bolt back home scared for her life.

"The van actually pulled in front of me. The side door opened. With me being from the west end of Louisville all my life, my instinct said run," said alleged victim Bianca Pointe. "He had me shook up. I been shook up about it all day."

By the time police showed up, the white van with three men reportedly inside was long gone.

The question now is whether or not that’s the same suspicious van that has been reported for more than a week.

"Who else could it be?" said Pointe. "That’s what made me be on the lookout, but I never thought he would be that bold and come to the west end of Louisville."

Pointe described the guy as white, in his 50s, with graying hair.

That was the exact description given by two Cracker Barrel employees who reported attempted abductions in Bardstown last weekend.

It also matches a similar incident at a Louisville bank yesterday.

Police are still investigating if it’s the same van.

The multiple sightings are enough to scare others in the Portland neighborhood.

"When it was in Bardstown or off Bardstown Road, it was scary then, but knowing that it’s around the corner from your house it’s very scary," said neighbor Kelley Hafling.

Since the report, authorities have increased their patrols in the Portland neighborhood.

Multiple witnesses told police the white van wanted in the Bardstown incidents had construction tools inside and they believe the first letters on the license plate are JHL.

The Red Hook Police released the following information:

On December 19, 2012 at approximately 8:41 pm the Red Hook Police Department were dispatched to West Market Street for a report of a suspicious vehicle with the driver wearing a black ski mask.

A parent and her child were traveling Westbound on West Market Street returning home from a school event when she began to notice a white full-sized van she was following was traveling at an extremely slow speed past the schools. The caller stated that when she began to follow the white van he pulled over on Rt. 199 just south of the Red Hook High School. The caller stated that when she and her daughter drove past the white van they notice the driver wearing a dark jacket and wearing a black ski mask.

If anyone has any more information on this vehicle or the incident please contact the Red Hook Police Department at 758-0060 or

It is important to report anything that seems suspicious to the Police immediately. An incident similar to this one happened on the same day at approximately 7:52 am in the Town of Hyde Park.

Police have identified the man who was shot and killed by a North Port police officer.

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office said James “J.D” David Duttman, 57, of Pembroke Pines, was shot by Officer Aaron Nick at about 10:49 p.m. Tuesday.

Nick was investigating a suspicious white van about a half mile north of Interstate 75 on Toledo Blade Boulevard.

Police said Nick was on duty, wearing his police uniform and in a marked patrol car when he approached Duttman’s vehicle.

Police said Duttman brandished a gun and that Nick fired multiple rounds at Duttman.

Duttman was declared dead at North Port’s Sarasota Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

Duttman’s mother, Lorraine Metz, said her son was on his way to visit a friend in St. Petersburg.

She said he was in the middle of converting the van into a mini-RV so he could travel the country cheaply, and that he typically sought out rural areas to stop and camp in while he was on the road.

"He was very frugal and economical because he’s retired," she said. "He told us he was going to buy a gun for protection (on the road), before he left."

She said she didn’t know what type of gun her son bought.

Metz added that before he retired, Duttman earned a master’s degree in oceanography and worked for NASA in Titusville and Houston. His background could not be confirmed.

She said he never had a history of mental illness and that she never saw him act aggressively. If anything, she said, he was a quiet bookworm.

"If you met him, you’d like him," she said, pausing. "We’re just shocked by the whole thing. He was my first child — he was a perfect little boy."

His only criminal history was an arrest in Broward County in 2010 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

Duttman’s mother said he was cleared of both of those charges.

Officer Nick has been placed on paid administrative leave. He has been on the North Port police force since 1994. His personnel file includes numerous commendations.

North Port handed off the investigation to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office to avoid any appearance of bias. The sheriff’s department will turn over its findings to the State Attorney’s office.

Sarasota County Medical Examiner Russell Vega said his office has completed an initial autopsy but the findings will not be released until the police investigation is completed.

Concerned community residents in Gold Bar have informed the Sky Valley Chronicle of what appeared to them to be a suspicious white delivery type van seen parking for long periods of time earlier this week, around Tuesday-Wednesday on a vacant lot on 19th Street in Gold Bar.

"Although mostly just a couple, as many as six occupants of the van have been noted," said one report. The van was also noted on May Creek Rd and on Picklefarm Road and on the 25th the occupants were seen parking at the local shell station on Highway 2 then walking to the town Gazebo.

It is not known if the van and the following activities are related. On Friday Sept. 20 a burglary was reported on 19th street and by Sept. 25 the van was seen parked on Aaron Avenue near 19th Street in Gold Bar.

One resident reported they believed occupants of the van were going about the neighborhood “trying to gain internet access on unsecured wireless routers.”

A local block watcher reported a “telephone scam where someone called and wanted to talk them through a situation on their computer to “eliminate a problem.” Wisely, they were not comfortable with doing so. They called their computer “person” who reported five or six Gold Bar residents were stung by this scam.”

Again, it has not been proven that the existence of the lingering white van and its occupants are tied into any of the situations noted above but residents are advised by police to keep an eye out in their neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity to police, as well as make sure any wireless routers are secured with a password.